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In this episode, one person shows us how she spent her over-$3,000 tax refund, whether each item was worth it, and the lessons she learned along the way. She covers everything from paying off debt to padding your emergency fund. If you're getting money back on taxes this year, be sure to think smartly about how to spend your refund!

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Through weekly video essays, "Making It Work" showcases how *real* people have upgraded their personal or financial lives in some meaningful way. Making your life work for you doesn't mean getting rich just for the sake of it. It means making the most of what you have to build a life you love, both in your present and in your future. And while managing money is a crucial life skill for everyone, there's no one "right way" to go about it — you have to figure out what works best for *you,* full stop.

Video by Grace Lee

Based on an essay by Olivia J. Tompkins

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Video narration by Stephanie Willing

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